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Governor Brown: No Short Cuts -- No Shortchanging Teachers and Students

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Imagine that the DMV -- in an effort to adopt a better test -- suspended all driving exams, but still continued to issue new licenses. That same kind of backwards thinking has produced an equally dangerous education bill in California, one that the governor is considering signing into law.

Empower DC Is 21st Century Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

Head-Roc | Posted 11.17.2013 | DC

Empower DC utilizes much of the same honored tried and true methods of empowering low and moderate income DC residents, on the issues of affordable housing, education, childcare and public property use, via the same grassroots community organizing that is the root effectiveness of our American Civil Rights Movement.

Are We Building a School in the Cloud? Think Rationally Please

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark W. Guay

Think Copernicus and the heliocentric theory. Think democracy. And think back to when school was first mandated. The masses all said, "No way. Ain't gonna happen." What do you think? What would a school in the cloud look like?

A Math Teacher Walks Out

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

How directly connected are they to life outside the school? Is the instruction in our math classrooms -- in every classroom -- useful and meaningful to students? Is our school curriculum relevant to society?

What Ever Happened to Mark Zuckerberg's $100 Million Gift to Newark?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

"The Foundation for Newark's Future was designed to be a short-term philanthropic 'shot in the arm,' paving the way for long-term change in Newark's s...

Mexico City Erupts Over Neoliberal Education Bill

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Home
Michelle Chen

In Mexico City, school teachers are meting out some serious discipline to a government gone awry. For the past several weeks, the metropolis has pul...

Our Severely-Obese Daughters and Sons: Of Pennies, Pounds and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity is a cultural problem and requires a cultural solution we have the knowledge and means to administer. That we fail to apply those means bespeaks our ambivalence at best, our profit-driven hypocrisies at worst.

Building a Culture by Tending to the Details

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn is a complex task that takes a single-minded dedication both to the larger culture of a school and its nuts-and-bolts logistics.

Can We All Change Urban Public Schools?

Heidi Legg | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Heidi Legg

Michelle Boyers claims to now have a blueprint that will change the education game and she wants legislation behind it. In it they address to basic problems, such as: What do we do with 1:30 dismissals?

The Day I Had My First Proper Fist Fight

Tom Cramer | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In the fourth grade, I had the toughest teacher of my life: Ms. Daly. She wasn't physically imposing, or necessarily mean; she was smart, tough and didn't take any crap. She was going to teach us, and we were going to learn, come hell or high water. It's like she combined the roles of parent and teacher into one authority-figure superhero. That year, I had my first proper fist fight.

Why New York's Super Wealthy Oppose de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Plan

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.06.2013 | New York
Diane Ravitch

De Blasio is proposing research-based programs. Those who care about education and kids should be cheering and should gladly pay an extra $973 (or more if their income is higher) to do what is right for kids.

Just Say No to the PTA -- An Open Letter to Myself

Anna Sandler | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

The kids go back to school next week, and let's face it, that means you do, too. But it doesn't have to mean that. It could mean freedom and relaxation this year instead of endless PTA projects and class mom responsibilities that never seem to end. Self, let's do things differently this year.

A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads: the classroom.

Everything I Know I Learned on the First Day of School

Danny Rubin | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Danny Rubin

When life becomes unfamiliar, that's when we grow the most. As I recall, few days in my life were more foreign than the first day of school. Specifically, first grade.

Doesn't Parenting Impact the Learning Process?

Mark Baer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If parents don't know how to discipline their own children, that is a parenting issue, not a teaching issue.

Do You Remember Your First Day of School?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Do you remember your very first day of school? I recall having mixed feelings about starting Kindergarten in 1960 and I can recall the day quite clearly. Here's my story.

5 Things Great Teachers Are Not (and 5 Things They Are)

Deborah Chang | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Deborah Chang

Around this time of year, great teachers around the country are meeting their new students for the first time. They are diving into the start of the school year with hope, tenacity, and skill.

Bullet-proof Jobs: Summer Employment May Help Stem Youth Violence

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

It's conventional wisdom: Kids get into trouble when they have nothing better to do. Now, research reveals that a summer youth employment program migh...

Physical Education Trend Must Be Reversed

Ken Reed | Posted 10.31.2013 | Sports
Ken Reed

It's mind-boggling that at a time when overweight and obesity levels are sky high among our young people, and physical activity levels are down, our schools are cutting physical education classes, recess and intramural sports programs.

Now Imagine the Child Is White

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Wolfman

Initially, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta refused to place Anthony Stokes on the heart transplant list. CHA cited nothing medical. Instead, it keyed on Anthony's low grades and school behavior record.

Working as an Education Activist Outside of the Classroom: My Foray Into the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

For the past nine years, I've spent 10 months of every year at my second home: Julia de Burgos Elementary School in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Some days were exhilarating. Some were exhausting. All of them were meaningful.

She-lanthropy: Heather Reisman and Her Commitment to Improving Children's Literacy One School at a Time

Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Farah Mohamed

If anyone is interested in how to align business interests with philanthropic endeavors, you should take a page out of Heather Reisman's book (well, not literally, given the business she is in!).

5 Ways a Parent Can Win the Back-to-School Season

Jeff Bogle | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

This back-to-school guide is more about how you can win the season during the first couple months after school starts than the last two weeks before the new year begins. So keep these ideas handy and your kid will soon realize they've got the greatest parent in the world.

What Can Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach Us About Our Education System?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

The best way to remember Martin Luther King is not to think of him as a statue or an icon, but to take to heart his example. He said no. He resisted. He said, we will not acquiesce to what we know is wrong. How does that apply to the situation of public education today?

Fixing Obesity, Between Little Rock and Hard Places

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I was privileged to be in rooms full of people passionate about the obesity challenges in Arkansas and prepared to work hard. Everyone around me seemed realistic about the challenges and was lacing up his or her hiking boots accordingly.